RIDGEWAY — In the case of newlyweds Jack Holladay and Nancy Hall, you can probably rule out puppy love.
On Saturday, the two residents of Fairfield Health Care were married at the Ridgeway nursing home in front of friends, family and other residents of the facility.
“It’s unbelievable,” Holladay said.
Frances Maddox, activity director for Fairfield Health Care, expressed similar incredulity.
“It’s a rare event,” Maddox said.
Nancy Hall Holladay said she was thrilled to see her fiance as she was wheeled down the aisle while wearing her white wedding veil.
“I thought, ‘That’s my man, he’s so good looking, and I got him,’” the new bride said.
After the ceremony conducted by the Rev. Marshall Connor, Tamara Collier performed a rendition of “Thinking Out Loud,” which the bride described as a song significant to the Holladays’ relationship.
The Holladays met at Fairfield Health Care and became friends before becoming romantically involved. Both said, initially, they did not anticipate finding a spouse. The newlyweds dated for a year-and-a-half before marrying.
“That’s what the song says, ‘We found love here, right where we are,” she said. “I never thought I’d be a candidate to come to a nursing home to get better and get a husband.”
The Holladays said it feels good to know they will spend the rest of their lives with a loved one.
“It feels good,” she said. “It feels really good.”
The ceremony was attended by family, friends and Fairfield Health Care residents.
“It was a nice,” she said. “It was nice because I had all of my grandkids and had all these people.”
Residents were happy to share in the celebration of love.
“It’s a happy day,” said resident Doris Taylor.
Corp. D.J. Wilson from the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office frequently helps out at Fairfield Health Care and was present for the ceremony. He said he was happy to attend.
“They told me they were having a wedding, and they invited me,” said Wilson, who helped the groom acquire his suit. “It was nice.”
After the ceremony and wedding song, the newlyweds cut their wedding cake and refreshments, including punch, were served.
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